Pogonophryne maculiventrata Spodareva & Balushkin, 2014
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Family:  Artedidraconidae (Barbled plunderfishes)
Max. size:  16.4 cm SL (female)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range - 360 m
Distribution:  Antarctica, Bransfield Strait.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 30-30; Anal soft rays: 17-17; Vertebrae: 38-38. This species belongs to the 'marmorata' group of the genus Pogonophryne is distinguished by the following characters: spotted thorax and belly; unusual caudal fin colouration with central area divided into 2 parts by light transverse streak, upper proximal and smaller distal parts, and upper edge and tips of rays at the bottom of caudal fin light; esca bearing no cylinder like folds in the form of cerebral surface, well-developed post temporal ridges, mental barbel equals 25.5% of HL, length of esca 48.3% TL of the length of barbel (Ref. 96821).
Biology:  The female specimen collected has eggs in the ovaries which have reached 1.2 mm in diameter (Ref. 96821).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 22.05.19

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